Marc Chagall, ‘The Ass Loaded with Sponges and the Ass Loaded with Salt, Plate 19 from Les Fables de la Fontaine’, 1952, RoGallery

Printer: Maurice Potin
Image size: 11.5 x 9 in

This portfolio was commissioned by Ambroise Vollard in 1927 to illustrate Jean de La Fonatine's Fables de La Fontaine.

Signature: Numbered on the lower left.

Publisher: Teriade, Paris 1952

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus